The history of photography dates back to 400BC

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Paris, Pavillon de Flore, 1839 (Image credit: Getty Images - Louis Daguerre)

The history of photography dates all the way back to the 16th Century, when the camera obscura was invented. At the time there was no way to actually take a photo, but it is the precursor to modern-day film and digital photography.

The first methods of tangible photography were incredibly complicated, scientific processes that were reserved for the rich and hyper intelligent. As time has gone on,  though, the process has simplified, it’s been made more accessible, and cameras have changed so much that they’re virtually unrecognizable compared to how they looked when they were first invented. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.